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Old 03-10-2009, 07:04 PM   #211
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Judi, when did you receive that? I am disasspointed that with the whole "be the first to know ... enter your email" hype, they did not send me an email.
NOT cool .
So, I'm going to sit down now & watch my new Pinocchio movie to cheer up
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Also . . . if you are a Disney Movie Rewards member, they have an exclusive D23 pin that you can redeem points for.

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Judi, when did you receive that? I am disasspointed that with the whole "be the first to know ... enter your email" hype, they did not send me an email.
NOT cool .
So, I'm going to sit down now & watch my new Pinocchio movie to cheer up
The email time was 1:26PM.
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Do you have the link for that?
When you log-in to the Disney Movie Rewards site it's right at the top of the page.
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:53 PM   #216
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Thanks I got the pin. I was confused because I thought you meant the Disney Visa Rewards site and I couldn't fund anything there.
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the emails are going to take a long time to send. they have to control the flow of the emails from their servers as well as make sure they don't send too many to the same domain at once.
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I didn't get the email either. Right now I'm not seeing anything that justifies the $75 membership, but maybe I'm missing something. $75 would buy us a dinner at WDW on our next trip!
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I'm wondering exactly how crowded their Expo is going to be. I have no doubt that it will be very cool, but most of us do our best to avoid the crowds. Will it be worth fighting to go?
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I joined too, but I was so excited to sign up that I never looked at the merchandise - I wish I had bought the pin - guess I'll have to go back and do that today!
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I got my e-mail this morning. It said it was sent about 3:30pm but I checked my e-mail at 5pm before I left work and it wasn't there.
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The email time was 1:26PM.
I got the same email at 2:08 pm.
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Throwing out random ideas:
- there are 23 themed hotels
- MK had 23 attractions when it opened
- The Walt Disney Company was founded in 1923


And food for thought:
My theory is that this is going to be some type of on-line, Disney-run fan club. Pay $XXX per year for exclusive merchandise, CDs, DVDs, etc. Then, throw in a members-only invitation to a Disney sponsored yearly meet/convention...include a sneek-peek of a new movie or something behind-the-scenes and Disney would have a winner.

Are you 23? then becomes short/code for are you a member (in the know, the club). The name 23 would give a cool nod to 1923 (see above) and be a step-down from Club 33 while keeping an 'exclusive' tie-in.

If this isn't it, I'm going to go apply to Disney marketing.
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I got the same e-mail lukeandbrookesmom did about 1pm yesterday. For anyone who didn't or is having trouble with Brad's link, here is another to the official site.
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